2017-02-15 / Front Page

Taste of Burke 2017

Tickets on sale now
By Diana Royal

It’s time once again to sample some of the most delicious foods and treats the local community has to offer while also helping support one of the area’s longest standing ministries.

A Taste of Burke County, the Wimberly House’s annual gala, will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Liberty Market, and tickets are on sale now. The gala, which serves as the Wimberly House Ministries largest fundraiser each year, is not solely about raising money. “It’s a time to celebrate with our supporters, our volunteers, our board members. A time to recognize the services Wimberly House is able to provide to the community because of them and their efforts,” said Executive Director Nancy Minyard.

Services that have been available for nearly two dozen years now.

Since its inception 22 years ago, Wimberly House Ministries has developed a number of community outreach programs, including the Jamie Taylor After School Program, Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, summer camps and family counseling, to name a few.

“I always say, ‘It’s been a great year for the Wimberly House,’ but every year truly is a gift,” Minyard continued. “We are so lucky to have the support that we have from local businesses and community organizations. We wouldn’t be here without each and every one.”

Dishes up for tasting this year will be served up by Big Oak BBQ, Burke Perk, Byne’s Blueberry Farm, Camino Real, Corner Café, Country Boys Cooking, Delmac, Dye’s Catering, Finely Seasoned, Emily Foster Fulghum Catering and more, Fuji, Good Day Café, Honey’s, J.J.’s Crazy Nuts, Johnna’s Grill, Lakeview, Paulette’s Fine Food and Pineland Bakery.

The gala will also continue its tradition of holding both a silent and live auction, including various pieces of jewelry, donated by Windsor Jewelers, as well as unique items contributed by local artists.

A Taste of Burke will be held 6:30-11 p.m., and individual tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Corporate sponsorship is $350. For more information, contact Minyard at 706.551.0526.

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